The Steep Descent of Mike’s Diner

Mike’s Diner, 630 Utica Avenue, at the crossroads of East Flatbush, Brownsville and Crown Heights, was not a pinnacle eatery or a four-star Michelin rated establishment, but its regulars liked its classic diner foods and waitstaff that could make anyone feel like family.

Sunday morning breakfast crowds were just as beloved as the afternoon construction guys on their lunch breaks or the sweaty late-night clubbers looking for a fix of pancakes at 3 a.m. Poorly hung pictures of celebrities and Brooklyn’s finest peppered the walls. They had spinning, upholstered stools at the bar and used an old-timey cash register at checkout.

It was familiar.

The former Mike’s Diner, 630 Utica Avenue. Photo by Ariama Long. Mike’s Diner, 630 Utica Avenue, at the crossroads of East Flatbush, Brownsville and Crown Heights, was not a pinnacle eatery or a four-star Michelin rated establishment, but its regulars liked its classic diner foods and waitstaff that could […]

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